Day 11: Long Plain Hut to Blue Water Holes - 23kms
Last night I was nice and warm in my sleeping bag. Woke up bang on sunrise and made breakfast. As I didn't have far to travel today I left around 9.30am.
I continued along Long Plain Road until I got to the turnoff for Blue Water Holes. At this point my front gears decided to stop working and I was stuck on the middle chainring. I pushed the bike up to the the top of the hill and checked. At first I thought the cable had snap, but that was fine. I then checked the derailleur and noticed a tiny pebble had got lodged in. Found a tiny stick and flicked it out and all the gears were back. Nice easy fix.
Once back on the bike I rode on to one of the old homesteads which has been preserved. There are a number of them throughout the region, as it used be pastoral land. Now they have been abandoned and are used as emergency shelters when weather is bad at night.
After looking at the old homestead I began my descent to the pools. Some of the drops were pretty steep but bike was good going down. Got the Blue Water Holes just after 12pm. Besides myself there is an older couple staying here. Very friendly and chatty.
Later on in the afternoon I had a walk down to the water hole. It was very pretty through the narrow canyons. Whilst I was down there I also got a bit of water for today and tomorrow. Water certainly has not been an issue on this trip. I usually don't need to carry more than a couple of litres at a time. Which is very different from last year's tour in the outback where was sometimes carrying up to 16 litres of water for three days!
Tomorrow I'll be following some management trails so don't think I'll see many cars. Pretty much like most of my days when I've been on the dirt during this trip.